Saturday, August 2, 2014

Making a Settee Cover, Part 4 ~ Ruching!

OM Goodness!
Browsing through an old favorite decorating book
a couple of days ago ~
Victoria Magazine's
Intimate Home ~ Creating a Private World

I found this settee with the front-sections 

It was definitely a God-thing.
(He does that sometimes.)
I was in heaven!
You know that feeling you get when you gasp,
your mouth drops open
and your eyes
open wide?

it was one of those ahah moments
when I knew
this was exactly how I wanted to
finish my settee cover.

So... I was wrong...
There will probably be five posts on

Making a Settee Cover.
Oh, well!  It's a woman's prerogative, is it not, to
change her mind?

*Updated 2018*
Making a Settee Cover, Part 1
Post 2
Post 3
Post 5 ~ Drop Cloth Settee Cover Reveal

So, I got busy making a paper pattern of my "arm-front."
I traced the sofa's arm edge
on both the front-side and the back-side of the paper.
When you trace on the back side, just lay
your pencil along the sofa's side and press forward while pressing
the paper inward.  This will give a nice line that will be
the same width as your sofa's arms, perfect so your cover fits nicely in the front!

I retraced from the front, also, checking once in a while
to see if what I was drawing was pretty close to what I had
drawn on the back.
 It was.

I marked-in the sofa's wooden piece and extended the drawing
down to the "seat-deck's" seam line.
really liked how the settee 
in the photograph
had a lot of ruching!

I knew that without much texture to the painter's drop cloth 
that this cover was going to need something.
The ruching is it! 

Make the paper pattern by pinning it to the couch while tracing.

Couch's 1980's/1990's wood ornamentation

Re-adding this photograph. :)

Update 2018 ~ I had photos for you sharing more on ruching
but I guess when I transferred the post from Weebly
they didn't come over.

How to make ruching

Measure the length of the line going around
the outside edge of the couch arm and double it.

Cut your fabric width leaving 1/2" extra for the side
and inner seams to the inset piece.

Cut your inset fabric piece by creating a separate pattern
piece and laying on your fabric to your desired placement.
Here I wanted certain Battenburg lace parts showing.

Cut the insert with 1/2" seam allowances.

Gather the ruching pin to the inset piece and the sofa arm
while pinned on the settee ~ this requires you to have most
of the rest of the sofa pieces already sewn together.
*Plus having the welting already sewn in place along
the settee's arm edging if using.

*Adjust your gathers as you go.  Seems to me I pinned to the
sofa first then to the inset piece so I wouldn't have to
keep readjusting the gathers...

On a final note about welting
here are a few more photos 
as I am placing the welting into the "back seam."

p.s I would love it if you'd "Share me!" Thank-you!

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Happy Sewing!  :)

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